Happy Dogs Unleashed
We are group of neighbors/citizens interested in creating an off leash dog park! We think Harrisonburg Virginia is due for a dog park for a number of reasons so we decided to work together to make it happen. We want you to be involved too, so please contact us if you want to help or be involved, even in a small way. We have talked with the city, and many others around town.
To create a fenced-in, off leash dog park where well behaved canine citizens can exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering or annoying people, property, or wildlife.
To develop a beautiful, eco-friendly and well maintained space, using recycled materials whenever possible, open to dog lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the park’s rules and regulations.
To view the park as a community project intended to be a multi-generational park, open to all, in partnership with the City of Harrisonburg.
To promote education, training and recreational activities that facilitate responsible and well behaved dogs through the use of volunteers and with the support of the community.
Happy Dogs Unleashed tee shirts are available for purchase at our monthly meeting.
Fundraising update - We have raised $16,825 for the purchase of the chain link fence. Thanks to all of you who contributed and helped us reach our goal!
Listed below are some recent highlights.
- Balance of over $17,000 in The Community Foundation for the fence for the dog park! DD is awaiting a firm number from The Community Foundation this afternoon.
- Via our Facebook page, Nielsen Builders has contacted us to see how they can assist with this project as a form of community outreach. DD met with Nielsen representatives and Lee Forester January 8. It was determined that Nielsen will work with the Parks and Rec Department and Valley Building Supply (who is donating materials) to get the picnic shelter built. They will be drawing up the plans based on the location and topography so that a building permit can be obtained. They will then also assist with getting the concrete pad in place and supervise the building, which will be done by the Parks and Rec department crew and Nielsen personnel. It is anticipated that the planning will conclude by the end of March and construction of the shelter will happen this spring.
- Via our contact, Kay Norred with WHSV-TV 3, DD has been contacted by the Leadership Class within the Chamber of Commerce about a project they would like to do for the park. They are interested in building picnic tables. Lee Foerster said that would be great. DD will be getting the plans and materials list from Parks and Rec and forwarding them to this group so they can begin this project.
- Lee Foerster mentioned today that he is still shooting for a late spring/early summer opening this year. The City has hired a soil (grounds) expert who will be working at the site as soon as the weather is good to make sure the grass is growing well. Additional fertilization will happen this spring as well. Next step is that fence!!
- Lynn Turner at Parks and Rec was asking me today about plans for our "leash cutting" ceremony, so we'll need to begin brainstorming ideas
If you haven't seen the most recent update on the park given by Parks and Recreation Director, Lee Forester, you'll want to check out the City Council meeting from October 8 (http://harrisonburg-va.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=143). See item Number 6. What a nice update and encouraging news on the park!
We would like to renew our presence to City Council. Please send a positive dog park promoting comment to a City Council member. Let them know how much you would like to have a dog park in Harrisonburg.
We appreciate your continued interest and desire for a dog park. We are so close to making it a reality. Please spread the word, volunteer, write, donate - every little bit helps. We are thankful for you and the dogs